2. Again? Seriously?
3. Should I email them and tell them to resubmit, or just delete it?
4. I could just deal with it and send them a reminder for next time ...
5. But then I'd be doing that a hundred times a month, and wasting my time.
6. Christ. Just delete it. It's their problem.
7. Um ... no, maybe that's too mean. Email them politely and ask them to resubmit.
8. But how is this my problem? They should have just read the guidelines. Not. My. Problem.
9. *hit delete button*
10. Feel relief.
11. Realize I've just wasted ten minutes contemplating what to do about a submission I'll never end up reading. Realize that I do it too often because I am only human and that there is another 'only-human' on the other end, and it's easy to make a mistake (or neglect reading guidelines out of laziness). Realize that if I keep this up I will have wasted: 10 minutes multiplied by 50 or so faulty submissions which equals 8.3 hours wasted in total. That's a WHOLE DAY! I promise myself I'll not do this again and will delete without thinking about it.
14. Again? Seriously? Is it really so hard?
15. *sigh* I can't just leave them hanging ...
See what your faulty submissions do to me? Please. Just get it right the first time and it will work out better for everyone. You are human. I am human (a kind one). We are all human. Unless of course, you're a dog. Respect what what goes on behind the scenes (a shit-load of work), please.
Next time, just remember, you are emailing a person, not a robot, and guidelines are there for a reason. They're there to ensure everything is done in a time-efficient manner. I want to spend time reading your wonderful work, not wasting time trying to make up for your laziness. If you were in my shoes, I think you would feel this way too.
How many times have you submitted work and not followed the guidelines thinking that it can't hurt?
Guess what? String Bridge has had a makeover. A new paperback will be out shortly too. I've also decided that, from now on, I will give away the digital version of the soundtrack with every purchase. All you have to do is send me your receipt via this form, and I'll email you a code to download the MP3s. Sound good? I reckon!